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Size of Nigeria Armed Forces, Police Inadequate – Osinbajo
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Size of Nigeria Armed Forces, Police Inadequate – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday, said to effectively secure the country, more people should be recruited into the police and the military. Osinbajo said this in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, during his engagement with delegates ahead of the presidential primary of the All Progressives Congress. Answering questions from the delegates and party leaders during the consultation, Osinbajo, who had earlier visited the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Oyetunji, said apart from engaging more hands, the country must also expand its capacity to produce weapons locally. He said, “The size of the Armed Forces is too low for the population of Nigeria. A local government in Niger State, Mashegu, has the land mass the size of South-East states and Lagos State with about a 100 p...
12 Soldiers Killed as Jihadists Attack a Military Base in Burkina Faso
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12 Soldiers Killed as Jihadists Attack a Military Base in Burkina Faso

Suspected jihadists have attacked a military base in Burkina Faso, killing at least 12 soldiers and four volunteers in the process. The military on Friday said 21 troops were also injured in the attack on the Namissiguima military detachment in the north. The assailants are reported to have first attacked the camp with shells. Then shooting followed. The military added that reinforcements have been deployed to secure the area. The attack comes at a time when the armed forces have launched an operation to "de-pollute" localities in the region. Islamist militants started carrying out raids in Burkina Faso from bases in neighbouring Mali in 2015. Since then 1.8 million people have been displaced by the violence. A military government seized power in January and ousted P...
Nigerian Army Foil Terrorist Attack On Borno Community
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Nigerian Army Foil Terrorist Attack On Borno Community

The Nigerian Army has disclosed that troops of 25 Task Force Brigade repelled terrorists attack Damboa town in Borno State on Sunday. The troops were said to have overpowered the terrorists in a gun battle, forcing them to flee. The Army Director of Public Relations, Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement on Monday said two vehicles belonging to the Civilian Joint Task Force were razed during the gun duel. He added that the troops are currently on the trail of the fleeing terrorists. The statement was titled, ‘Operation Hadin Kai: Troops quell Boko Haram terrorists attack on Damboa.’ Read Also: Buhari Prays For Improved Security, Recovery For Nigeria’s Economy In Saudi Mosque It read, “Troops of 25 Task Force Brigade Operation Hadin Kai in the North East have quelled a dawn att...
Reps Set To Deny President Buhari Sole Power To Appoint, Sack Service Chiefs
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Reps Set To Deny President Buhari Sole Power To Appoint, Sack Service Chiefs

The House of Representatives is undergoing the amendment to the Armed Forces Act 2004 which will strip the President of the exclusive right to appoint, remove and elongate the tenures of service chiefs. The amendment seeks to empower the Armed Forces Council to determine the qualification. This is being proposed in the legislation titled ‘A Bill for an Act to Amend the Armed Forces Act, Cap. A20, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to Foster Collaboration between the Armed Forces and Other Security Agencies in the Provision of National Security and Establish the Armed Forces Human Rights Unit to Provide a Reporting Channel for Civilians Whose Human Rights Are Violated by Members of Armed Forces.’ It was one of the eight bills passed for second reading on July 14, 2021, which w...
See How They’re Being Sent To God To Answer For Their Crimes  By Femi Adesina
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See How They’re Being Sent To God To Answer For Their Crimes By Femi Adesina

It amazes, even confounds, to hear some people say President Muhammadu Buhari should go after Boko Haram terrorists and bandits with the same gusto he has displayed against separatists in the country. Amazing and confounding because what the Buhari government does daily in the North-east, North-west, and North-central parts of the country, where terrorists and bandits abound, is send them to God to answer for their crimes. This much has been confirmed by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya. Hear the Army Chief, on the day he was decorated with his new rank: “That’s what we have started doing already. Many of them have been sent to God to answer for their crimes, and we will continue to do that.” President Buhari had ordered the security forces to crush all violent crim...
May God Bless Our Troops By Femi Adesina
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May God Bless Our Troops By Femi Adesina

President Joe Biden has a favourite sign-off at the end of every major speech: “May God bless America and may God protect our troops.” In August 2020, when he gave a speech at the Democratic Convention, Biden ended that way. Same for his November 7, 2020 speech after he won the election. And of course, the line was there when he got inaugurated as President on January 20, 2021. Biden never served in the military, but his son, Joseph Beau, did, rising to become a Major, but sadly dying of brain cancer in 2015, aged 46. The American First Lady, Dr Jill Biden, has equally written a children’s book, with the title; ‘Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops.’ And like the Biden family, I believe it should be the daily desire of every decent, patriotic Nigerian: May God Bless and Protect O...
Nigerian Army Arrest Bandit in Military Uniform With Charms Heading to Oyo State
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Nigerian Army Arrest Bandit in Military Uniform With Charms Heading to Oyo State

Gallant men of the Nigerian Army along the Mokwa-Jebba Road have arrested an on the run bandit during a stop and search operation along the road. The bandit was heading to Ogbomoso in Oyo State. The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, in a release on Tuesday, said the bandit was nabbed in the late hours of Sunday when the troops intercepted a car travelling from Zuru to Ibadan. Personnel of the Nigerian army spotted an occupant of the vehicle, who claimed to be a military man, Sergeant Aminu Sule. Nwachukwu added, “Upon a body search, the occupant was found to be in possession of a pair of camouflage uniform, military boots, knife and substance suspected to be charms. “On further interrogation, the suspect confessed to be traveling to Ogbomoso in Oyo ...
Buhari Calls Wife of Late Chief of Army Staff, After Failing to Attend Burial
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Buhari Calls Wife of Late Chief of Army Staff, After Failing to Attend Burial

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday called Mrs Fati Ibrahim Attahiru, the wife of the late Chief of Army Staff, COAS, and the wives of the other dead officers (through her) to console them over the ill-fated death of their spouses in a plane crash. The President lauded the sacrifices of the deceased gallant soldiers and the Armed Forces in general. Buhari in the telephone conversation assured them that Nigerians would not relent to appreciate and support the fearlessness with which our courageous soldiers are confronting the threats facing the nation. The president described the late COAS as an outstanding soldier and an institution builder who fought valiantly for Nigeria until he breathed his last, the News Agency of Nigeria reports. The president gave the grieving families ...
‘Gallantry of Our Heroes will Always be Remembered’ – Osinbajo mourns officers killed in air crash
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‘Gallantry of Our Heroes will Always be Remembered’ – Osinbajo mourns officers killed in air crash

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has expressed sadness over the ill-fated passing of Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff and other officers who died after a plane crash that took place in Kaduna on Friday. The aircraft was conveying 11 military officers on Friday evening before it crashed around the Kaduna international airport. Reacting to the development, Osinbajo in a statement on Saturday describes the crash as unfortunate, adding that it reflects the commitment of the military to carrying out their duty. He said, “I received with great sadness the news of an air crash involving the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru, and other officers of the Nigerian military yesterday. “Their death while in active service in the defence of our country reflects the depth of s...
NGF Mourns as Nigerian Army Buries COAF, Others
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NGF Mourns as Nigerian Army Buries COAF, Others

Following the death of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, the Nigeria Governors Forum has expressed shock and dismay over their sudden passing in a plane crash on Friday. This was contained in a statement issued by the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi titled, ‘Demise of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru,’ in Abuja, on Saturday. Fayemi in the statement said the NGF received news of the death of the senior and junior military officers as well as members of the crew of the ill-fated aircraft with shock. He said, “The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) received with deep shock and utter disbelief the death of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, in a plane crash at the Kaunda International Airpor...